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emergency management and national security

ANZLIC is contributing to Australia's emergency management and national security capability through coordinating spatial information across all jurisdictions to meet user needs. An 'all-hazards' approach means that the measures put in place will be used to minimise the risks of hazards to the public from natural disasters (e.g. earthquakes and bushfires) and terrorist acts.

emergency management

Spatial information can be used to prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from emergency events. ANZLIC is working with the Australian Emergency Management Committee to identify common national issues. The Geoscience Australia’s Cities Project on earthquake assessment has demonstrated that information requirements to assess and respond to natural disasters are similar to information required to assess vulnerability of the community and security issues.

national security

Recent world events have sparked an increased interest in national security issues has also raised the need for risk assessment and critical infrastructure protection. National security is emerging as the key driver for ANZLIC initiatives such as the Australian Spatial Data Infrastructure. The issue provides a compelling argument for cooperation between agencies to collate spatial data and GIS capacity in order to maintain a state of preparedness.

ANZLIC is addressing these issues and provides the means to bring jurisdictions together to provide the national (and where needed the Trans-Tasman) spatial information preparedness and response. ANZLIC, through its Australian Government representative, taking a leadership role to raise awareness and promote the benefits of the ASDI as it applies to counter terrorism and emergency management issues.

more about ANZLIC's partnership with the emergency management community